Mommy Greenest Approved: Fair Trade Alaffia Africa’s Secret

orange label two skin cream bottles against white backgroundI’ve been a huge Alaffia fan for years, ever since I discovered their Everyday Shea Moisturizing Shampoo made with certified fair trade shea butter. After using it for a few months, even my hairdresser commented on how much thicker my hair felt and looked. Since I have hated my fine, limp hair since I could pick up a curling iron—and watch as the curls fell out after 15 minutes—this was enough to sell me on the shampoo for life.

I am also a total vanilla junkie—check out my DIY perfume experience as evidence—and became totally hooked on Alaffia’s super light yet totally moisturizing fair trade Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion after smelling the warm vanilla scent in the Whole Foods Whole Body aisle. At $14 for a gigantic bottle of one—or $23.50 for both—Everyday Shea is not only a great line of products, it’s a great deal.

And recently, I discovered Alaffia Africa’s Secret Unscented Multipurpose Skin Cream, the amazing fair trade moisturizing and skin repairing cream that started it all—and is now my new miracle night cream. Want to try? I’ve got 12 jars to give away, plus 25% off! [Read more...]

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Easy DIY Natural Easter Basket

purple, pink, blue and yellow dyed easter basket eggsAre your Easter bunny plans in order? Try these tips to create a more natural Easter Basket this year that’s healthier for kids. Many egg dyes contain chemicals that aren’t safe for kids— including food dyes linked to ADHD and hyperactivity. But in minutes you can make dyes from frozen fruits and veggies that are already in your freezer. Then fill your upcycled Easter basket with truly natural chocolates, and deliver a healthier surprise this holiday. [Read more...]

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Mommy Greenest Exclusive: Jen Boulden

pretty blonde woman in green dress laughingJen Boulden looks amazing. Glowing and perfectly tressed, you would never guess that this new mom is managing on just five hours of sleep. But as in most things, she surpasses expectations. After completing a “Green MBA” from George Washington University, Jen went on to co-found Ideal Bite in 2005, becoming the go-to girl for an emerging green movement that landed her regular gigs on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show” and “The View,” among others. We met a few years later, after she’d sold the company and its more than 500,000 subscribers to Disney for a reported $20 million. Yes, I was jealous. But even in the middle of that maelstrom, Jen was generous with her advice and was one of the first to encourage the development of Mommy Greenest. Jen and I connected recently to talk about her new family and new media concept, JenBTV.com, devoted to—what else?—making green living easier. [Read more...]

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Are Our Kids Canaries in the Coal Mine?

I’ve been doing a lot more speaking lately, most recently at an early childhood group in Los Angeles. And I’ve also created a video—the Mommy Greenest Manifesto—that shares some of these concepts, as well. But I thought you might want to click through the information that I share in my talk. There’s a lot more to learn, but from this slideshow you can get the gist of it: Just like the metaphoric canaries in a coal mine, our kids are getting sick from chemicals in our environment. But there are few things you can do today to make our world a little bit safer for children. What do you think? Are these changes you’ve made—or plan to? I’d love to read your comments and hear your perspective. Thank you!

 

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Mommy Greenest Approved: Miessence Balancing Skin Conditioner

jar filled with brown liquid against white backgroundSpring is officially here, and with it the realization that my skin needs to come out of hibernation. It’s dry in some places, oily in others, and I seem to have acquired more wrinkles during the headlong dive into hysteria that is the holiday season. Luckily, I just discovered a miracle in the form of Miessence Balancing Skin Conditioner. Kind of a toner, sort of a serum, this lightweight gel delivers amazing hydration without any oil or cream. My face feels softer, my fine lines are smoother, and my skin just looks brighter when I’m using it. Love!

How does it work? Like all their products, the Miessence Balancing Skin Conditioner is USDA Certified Organic (as well as certified in Australia and Europe). It’s loaded with aloe vera, calendula and marshmallow, as well as extracts of chamomile and bitter orange, plus a dollop of lavender essential oil. The directions say to use it under moisturizer, but I found it just as effective on its own. (If you’ve been reading MG for a while, you know how reluctant I am to add oil!) [Read more...]

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3 Questions to Ask if You’re Pregnant

doctor puts stethoscope on pregnant bellyPregnant? Get ready for the god complex. Every mom I know talks about the saint that delivered her baby. The doctor’s word is taken as law, and heaven forbid your birth partner suggest otherwise. But are you and your doctor truly in sync?

In 2012, a University of San Francisco study of more than 2,000 obstetricians and gynecologists nationwide found that although they routinely discuss smoking, alcohol, diet and weight gain, most doctors do not warn their patients about environmental hazards as related to pregnancy. [Read more...]

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Is Eco Fashion Conscious?

orange shirt with green H&M Conscious Collection tag showing 70% recycled polyesterQuick on the heels of the Shop Drop Challenge, in which more than 500 of you joined me to save 3,000 pounds of landfill waste and $30,000 by swapping or thrifting our style for the month of January, I started hearing rumors of a new H&M Conscious Collection that was blowing the socks off eco fashion. And since this is the one time of year that I don’t feel (too) guilty shopping new, I decided to head over to the mall to investigate.

Now you know now much I rail against the mall, home of bottom-of-the-barrel fast fashion houses like Forever 21, which have outsourced our $3 trillion a year apparel industry to third-world countries where workers are underpaid and often exposed to dangerous working conditions in order to bring us $5 t-shirts. Could H&M be different? [Read more...]

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Shiva Rose Walks the Talk

I have a funny sort of serendipity with actress and writer Shiva Rose. All unwavering belief in organic and sustainability aside, when we first met five years ago, we realized that she knew my husband from high school. Talk about a small world! Shiva’s environmental activism began after she was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition in her early 20s, after the birth of her first daughter. She spreads the love through TheLocalRose.com, where she’s now launching an eponymous skincare line that she makes in her garage, infusing it with mantras. She invited me for a rose-tinted afternoon at her home in the Santa Monica mountains, where she grows organic vegetables, cultivates bees, raises chickens—and fights off marauding coyotes in her nightgown. This is a woman who definitely walks the talk! Together, we’re giving you a chance to win one of TWO $85 Shiva Rose Face Oils we’re giving away. Feeling lucky?

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Are There Drugs In Your Drinking Water?

woman drinking glass of what appear to be pink and green capsulesWhen I read about an EPA study released earlier this year that found trace residues of at least 25 different drugs in drinking water, I panicked. This was on the heels of a study that linked acetaminophen in pregnancy with ADHD in children. If occasional use of endocrine-disrupting drugs like acetaminophen could affect a baby, what could they do to the rest of us if we were ingesting drugs on a daily basis through drinking water? [Read more...]

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